This season, the Tour de France is getting a makeover. With a new men’s edition which was unveiled today. But also with the first edition of the Women’s Tour de France. In the wake of the men, a Women’s Grande Boucle therefore sees the light of day between July 24 and 31, 2022. For France Info, Marion Rousse, the director of the event which will be broadcast in 170 countries, has drawn the contours of the race. .
The former professional cyclist notably addressed the delicate issue of bonuses. “It will be 250,000 euros in total price”, announces the wife of the world champion Julian Alaphilippe. “For the men it’s 500,000 euros for the final victory. But you should also know that it’s a Tour de France that lasts three weeks. There, it will be eight stages so, we can compare more to races like Paris- Nice or the Critérium du Dauphiné. And I can tell you that it’s more than at the Dauphiné now. “
This sum is already much higher than that received by the winner of Paris-Roubaix. Elizabeth Deignan had pocketed the sum of 1,500 euros while Sonny Colbrelli took 30,000 euros in his wallet. “No, this is not normal”, clutches Marion Rousse. She also made a point of balancing the criticisms. “Amaury Sport Organization made the choice to create a Paris-Roubaix women’s race which did not exist before and which had no sponsor since it did not exist. So, we did not know its potential in terms of media coverage. , which was a success since we practically had two million audiences. We hope next year that the media will join us, that we will have sponsors and that the prices and grids of the International Cycling Union will evolve. . “
The long-term objective of the director of this first women’s Tour de France is clear: “To pay women at the same price as men as soon as possible”. But before that, the organization must be perfect. “From a sporting point of view, our first objective is for this premiere to be a success. That we have a good show, that the media are interested, that we really enter into the hearts of the French, into the customs of the French. That women’s cycling, it is no longer a surprise when you turn on the TV and see girls on a bicycle. But although that is normal. We will have already won our bet and everything will follow very quickly, ”she concludes.